Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Gaslight Effect.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making them doubt their own memory and perception. It may simply be the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, or it could be the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. The term derives from the 1938 stage play Gas Light. The plot concerns a husband who attempts to drive his wife to insanity by manipulating small elements of their environment, and insisting that she is mistaken or misremembering when she points out these changes. Gaslighting can be very complex, highly structured configuration which encompasses contributions from many elements of the psychic apparatus. (source wikipedia)

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